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From: Romeo Cochrane (acompong@icdc.com)
Date: Fri Nov 17 2000 - 00:23:07 EST

  • Next message: Jan Robinson: "Re: [Teacher-Talkmissinglink] It's not over."

    Hey Jan

    This is very inspiring and true. I had a discussion with a teacher who has
    been teaching for several years and who was resistant to looping as she
    would have to change her plans that she developed for her seventh grade
    class. I truly agree with you if you are not feeling a little uncomfortable
    and unsure that means your'e doing the samel old same old and no learning
    is occurring. Thanks for the encouraging words. I hope everything is well
    with you.

    Romeo Cochrane.

    P.S. I saw Corninthia(from Rochester New York) at a conference in Atlanta.
    I remembered her from your Missing Link conferences in Washington.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Jan Robinson <jrobinso@d21.k12.il.us>
    To: <Teacher-Talkmissinglink@learner.org>
    Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2000 1:55 PM
    Subject: [Teacher-Talkmissinglink] It's not over.

    > Hi to all,
    >
    > Wanted to take this opportunity to once again encourage all of you to
    > keep moving toward excellence. Learning and growing is a process and
    > its never-ending. Each time you try something new, take time to
    > celebrate! Especially if it didn't work out the way you planned. I
    > think I have improved the most trying to figure out why a particular
    > lesson didn't work and what I could do differently to make it better.
    >
    > Remember in your planning that our lessons need to be orchestrated like
    > a fine symphony. Picture the opening of class, imagine what you want
    > your students to be doing and then design the launch to make it happen.
    > What will the "explore" look like? How will your students be grouped
    > and why those groupings? What will class sound like? Where do you see
    > yourself and what will you be doing? Then when its time to process the
    > lesson, who will be doing most of the talking? What's your role?
    > What's the important mathematics that students should be walking away
    > with? Did they get there? What happens next? Powerful lessons don't
    > just happen, they take time, and have a clear objective. What I have
    > just described is not easy, but it is worth it. Especially when you see
    > your students discover an important idea for the first time.
    >
    > Finally, I would like to share a quote with you.
    >
    > "If you want to feel secure, do what you already know how to do. If you
    > want to be a true professional and continue to grow. . . go to the
    > cutting-edge of your competence, which means a temporary loss of
    > security. So whenever you don't quite know what you're doing, know you
    > are growing."
    >
    > Madeline Hunter, 1987
    >
    > Thanks for all your efforts in providing the best mathematics
    > instruction possible for our kids.
    >
    > Jan Robinson
    >
    >
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